HAZARD — Perry County Republican voters may be confused when they head to the polls next Tuesday, because of the lack of a Republican presidential candidate on the Primary ballot.
Perry County Clerk Haven King said the confusion will be because of the presidential caucus that took place in March.
The caucus was held so that Sen. Rand Paul could run for reelection in the Senate and also run a campaign for the presidency. He would drop out of the run for president before the caucus.
The caucus generated mixed emotions from voters. Some voters from who live on the border of Perry County were upset because they had to drive all the way to Hazard to make their vote count.
Other voters enjoyed the caucus because they felt the presidential candidates seemed to have shown more interest in campaigning in Kentucky because of the early caucus.
Donald Trump would carry Perry County and Kentucky in the caucus. He had 49.18 percent of the votes cast in Perry County.
King understands that the Republican voters will be frustrated because of the lack of a Republican presidential candidate on the ballot and he hopes they understand that his office has no control over it.
By informing the public early, he hopes it will help the Primary go smoothly for everyone.
On the Republican ticket for United States Senator include: Rand Paul, Stephen Howard Slaughter and James R. Gould.
Democratic candidates for United States Senator include: Tom Recktenwald, Grant. T Short, Sellus Wilder, Jim Gray, Rory Houlihan, Jeff Kender and Ron Leach.
On the Republican ballot for United States Representative in Congress include: Harold “Hal” Rogers and John Burk Jr.
The Democratic candidates for State Representative for the 84th District are Kenneth Hall and Fitz Steele.
On the Republican ticket is Chris Fugate. Johnnie Turner recently dropped out of the race.
Additionally, Democratic voters will choose their choice candidate for President of United States. The candidates include: Martin J. O’Malley, Bernard “Bernie” Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Roque Rocky De La Fuente.
The Primary will be held next Tuesday. Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.